There is no denying it; the New York Yankees are not a good team right now.
True, the Yankees did beat the Cubs, 4-2 in the second game yesterday afternoon. And yes, it did take 13-innings to accomplish, but it doesn’t get better for fans than when their team shows some fight.
In all honesty, the Yankees couldn’t afford not to win after their incompetent offense played such a big role in helping Masahiro Tanaka break his 43-wins streak.
So, what is the matter with the Yankees?
You might presume that losing 60% of their starting rotation, along with Kelley Johnson, aka the new D-Rob to injuries would be the culprit. But no, as the pitching has been good, considering.
The truth behind why the Yankees cannot consistently win, making the games utterly painful to watch is that they are suffering from offensive anemia.
And the longer this issue lingers, the tougher it is to rationalize that a line-up who can feature Beltran, Ellsbury, McCann, Soriano, Teixeira, Jeter, Gardner, Ichiro and SOLARTE is predestined to turn it up at the plate any minute now.
Here are a couple eye-openers about the Yankees underachieving offense to digest.
– The Yankees rank 22nd for leaving runners on base, stranding an average of 15.11 per game.
– The Yankees are leaving 3.66 runners in scoring position (RISP) per game, 16th most in the Majors.
– Tied with the Rockies and Pirates fro fifth worst, the Yankees have grounded into double plays 41 times so far this season. In the second half of 2013, the Yankees hitters grounded into 43 double plays in total.
– The Yankees are averaging less than three walks per game, which is the 20th least in the Bigs.
– The Yankees have a run differential of -13, which ranks as 20th worst.
– As of today, the 2014 Yankees have a 34.1% change of making the postseason and a 2.4% chance of winning the World Series this year.
Bottom line is why the Yankees offense needs to step it up and start raking like they are capable of doing.
The overall poor play in the AL East has allotted the Yankees offense extra time to be inefficient, but it also has given them ample time to start winning games with their bats.
Look I thin this Yankees line-up should be feared, and realty is right now it is not.